In February, 2nd year student, Veena Bontu, shared with The Booth Experience how she fulfilled her application essay promise and realized her dream by co-chairing the marketing efforts for the Emerging Market Summit (EMS). This time, let’s take a look at how 1st year student Parn Chamwudhiprecha contributed to EMS, the largest student-run conference at Booth!
Booth boasts dozens of diverse student-led orgs that range from professional to social and have one tying mission: to serve the Booth student body and ecosystem. As Spring Quarter begins, first-year Boothies take the reins and step into the rewarding leadership roles of co-chairing these different clubs and groups. After 2 dynamic quarters at Booth, first year-students already have developed their personal vision for clubs and are presented with a leadership opportunity to influence—a notion that is very much built-in to the Booth culture.
Spring is also the time when second-year Boothies step down from their co-chair roles after a full year of “service,” as they pass the baton to the next generation. In this unique timing, we asked second-years to reflect on the unique leadership role of co-chairing, what it meant to them, and what initiatives they’re most proud of.
We’re all trying to squeeze out 28 hours of productivity from the 24-hour day. We entered the balancing act of classes, recruiting, and social life in order to learn how to manage and lead in our careers. But with so much to do, how can we be sure we’re extracting real value from our experiences?
Professor Linda Ginzel has given this a lot of thought. She believes the solution is to live the examined life: collect the data of your experience across time, look for patterns and trends to analyze in order to get insight. To this end, she gives all of her students a pen—a green pen—to help them be their own coach. She asks that students prepare for class by writing in a different color, and bring their green pen to class.
At Booth, there are many opportunities outside the classroom to flex your leadership skills. Whether it’s formal roles as a member of Graduate Business Council (Booth’s student government, colloquially known as “GBC”), a student group co-chair, or even an organizer of a Spring Break trip (HUGE groups of 1Ys go to Colombia and 2Ys go to Israel)—here’s never a shortage of formal or informal ways to get experience taking charge or motivating groups for the Booth community.
What are just as prevalent, but perhaps less heard about, are the ways you can work with diverse, non-business-related groups outside of Booth; experiences that I find even more formative. One particular opportunity in which Boothies have been getting more involved is Graduate Council (that’s GBC minus the B), the student government for all graduate students at the University of Chicago. I’ve found it particularly enriching for a few reasons.
The first three months in Booth gave me so many “First-time ever experiences.” I am busier than when I was as an investment banker!
Surprisingly, there are so many “First-time ever experiences” since I started my Booth journey this summer. It is more than expected that there is so much going on in Booth! As I was an investment banker before coming to Booth, I got used to being busy. However, I have been overwhelmed by the life in Booth and have to manage my time allocation more than ever (in a good way). Let me share with you some highlights from my Booth Experience so far this first quarter!